Destination :: Gettysburg National Military Park

  • Gettsyburg National Military Park: A split rail fence runs through a field of yellow grass; low hills and trees are visible in the background.

    Split Rail Fence, Gettysburg Battlefield. July 2005. Image 1/1

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1-July 3, 1863, was one of the defining moments of the Civil War. It was also the bloodiest battle of the war, with somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 total casualties.

Today, the park preserves 43,000 Civil War artifacts and encompasses most of the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and the Gettysburg Museum and Visitors Center.

Brief History

July 1 - July 3, 1863
The Battle of Gettysburg is fought, ending with a Union victory.
October 1863
Internments in the Soldiers' National Cemetery begins.1
November 19, 1863
The Soldiers' National Cemetery is consecrated; Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address.2
1864
Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association is established to preserve the battlefield as a memorial to the Union Army.3
July 1, 1869
The Soldiers' National Monument is dedicated.4
June 7, 1893
Federal acquisition of land that will become the National Military Park begins.5
July 14, 1870
The War Department takes over management of the cemetery.6
May 1, 1872
The cemetery is transferred to U.S. Government management.7
1895
The Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association transfers their land holdings to the federal government.8
February 11, 1895
Gettysburg National Military Park is established.9
May 12, 1917
The park boundary changes.10
August 10, 1933
The National Park Service takes over the administration of the park and cemetery from the War Department.11
January 31, 1948
The park boundary changes.
July 31, 1953
The park boundary changes.
October 15, 1966
Gettysburg National Military Park is added to the National Register of Historic Places.12
December 2, 1969
The park boundary changes.
October 16, 1987
The park boundary changes.
August 17, 1990
The park boundary changes.
October 10, 2000
The park boundary changes.
December 19, 2014
The park boundary changes.

Location

1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325
United States

Website

Evaluation

Unforgettable

A haunting and sobering location. Scars from the Civil War are still very evident on the landscape. Resources and information for the public are very well managed.

Visits: 1 Visited: July 2005

Quick Statistics

Size
6,032+ acres13
Visitors
1,091,320 (2016)14

Notes

  1. The National Parks: Index 2012-2016, NPS.
  2. "Civil War Timeline," NPS.
  3. "History & Culture," NPS.
  4. "Soldiers' National Monument," Wikipedia.
  5. "Gettysburg National Military Park," Wikipedia.
  6. The National Parks: Index 2012-2016, NPS.
  7. "Soldiers' National Cemetery (Gettysburg, PA)," Civil War Wiki.
  8. "History & Culture," NPS.
  9. The National Parks: Index 2012-2016, NPS.
  10. Information about park boundary changes is from The National Parks: Index 2012-2016, NPS.
  11. The National Parks: Index 2012-2016, NPS.
  12. "Spreadsheet of NRHP Listed Properties," NPS.
  13. Listing of Acreage, NPS.
  14. Annual Visitation Report, NPS.

References

  • Annual Visitation Report by Years: 2006 to 2016. NPS Stats. Accessed October 7, 2017. Link.
  • "Civil War Timeline." Gettysburg National Military Park. National Park Service. March 25, 2015. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "Gettysburg National Military Park." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. September 10, 2017. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "History & Culture." Gettysburg National Military Park. National Park Service. February 28, 2017. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • Listing of Acreage (Summary). NPS Stats. December 31, 2016. Accessed October 7, 2017. Link.
  • The National Parks: Index 2012-2016. National Park Service. 2016. Accessed November 16, 2017. Link.
  • "Soldiers' National Cemetery (Gettysburg, PA)." Civil War Wiki. July 28, 2015. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "Soldiers' National Monument." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. October 2, 2017. Accessed October 15, 2017. Link.
  • "Spreadsheet of NRHP Listed Properties." National Park Service. December 5, 2017. Accessed December 8, 2017. Link.